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Old Mississippi River Bridge Scenic Overlook

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Take in the View at the Old Bridge Overlook
Old Bridge Overlook - Once known as the "Gateway to the Ozarks"
Old Bridge Overlook Park

When the bridge was completed, in the summer of 1928, it was hailed as “The Gateway to the Ozarks.” It provided an invaluable and vital link between Missouri and Illinois.A small, restored portal of the old bridge is all that remains. At the overlook, there is a viewing scope that provides a commanding view of the Mississippi River.There is access to the River Campus Trail, which provides a leisurely walkway along these historic grounds, bordering the river. Interpretive signage is scattered along the trail. A new bridge, The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, opened in December, 2003 to replace the bridge of 1928.


100 Morgan Oak St.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Unrestricted
Activities Within 10 Miles
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Casino Gaming
Historic District
Winery / Vineyard
Cost Of Admission
Free Admission
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages